Opinions please? At what age/grade would you feel comfortable letting your easy child child wander around a major theme park in groups of 4 or more students (unchaperoned by adults)while on a school trip?
School trip- with other adults from the group roaming too?? Well, I was in band as a kid and we were allowed to do this from 7th grade on (12-13 I guess). I think they mixed 7th and 8th graders though so some might have been 13-14. Our punishment would have been being kicked out of band if we broke a major rule. These days, and knowing my difficult child, seems like it would be better to wait until older. Sometimes, they can split up into groups that have different aggendas- let the kid pick which "itenerary" they are interested in, but have an adult chaperone for each of these groups.
Definitely HS. Being the overprotective mother I am (just ask Weeburt), probably 16, minimum, and then only with- the easy child-est of PCs equipped with- cell phone and global positioning device in shoes.
While I know I grew up in a different era, if not safer then at least the underside of life was less well known, I'm simply *appalled* that my parents let me go to the mall with- one friend, unchaperoned, at the ripe old age of 12. We're talking for the entire day. My poor kids.... they'll probably be 25 before I let that happen (I know, dream on, LOL).
But a theme park... urg, yes, definitely older HS age.
This would make me very nervous. No matter how responsible the child is, in my humble opinion, there just isn't enough supervision. Plus, some of the adult chaperones might have very different views than you do on what is considered ok for the kids to do alone and what isn't. For these reasons, I would have to say that even my easy child would have to be in high school.
I think TM had an excellent idea when she said she would want to be one of the chaperones. I would definitely have to be one of the chaporones, or one of my friends' would have to be a chaperone, before I would let my kids go if they weren't in high school. WFEN
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Suz</div><div class="ubbcode-body">If we're talking about Rob, I'd say 40 years old.
LOL, I'm sure you're not the only mom who has that for a target age.
This is a trip for 7th graders-an optional trip we signed up for last fall combining a band competition with theme park afterwards. Chaperones signed up and paid then and there was no word that more were needed. We parents just assumed that the kids would be in groups with one adult like they were the previous year. When we got the sheet home last week clearly the plan from the start was to let the kids go like this. A number of us wouldn't have signed our kids on had we known of the (lack of) supervision arrangements. It puts us in a bad way with our kids if we press ourselves on as chaperones at this point (if that's even possible) and insist that our teens stay with us when the rest of the group is going loose. If we pull the kids out, it doesn't send a good message either because they committed to a group performance. If we drive to bring kids home after the performance, it's 6+ hours in the car. It's a no win no matter what we do.
7th grade still seems young. Heck, the school doesn't even allow kids this age to go to their lockers without a pass! My easy child's a little older due to having a summer birthday and is a responsible kid. If I could be sure he'd be with a group who was equally responsible I'd feel more easy. I used to do this trip with my band, but that was high school.
Thanks for you input, everyone. easy child's going but I'm not happy about it.
My difficult child has had a season pass for six flags last year, again this year. Hasn't had a school trip, but we have dropped off difficult child and friends both last year and anticipate doing it this year. I cannot do those rides and it would be a waste of $50+ for me to go just to sit there. We keep in contact with him via cell phone, and have cell phone numbers of the rest of the kids. They sometimes stand in line for one ride for 90 minutes. Sometimes we drive out and meet them in the picnic area for lunch(by drop off site). He was 11 last year. We have had season passes since he was born, heck 5 years before he was born. Back when I still liked those rides. easy child worked there when he was 14.
So, difficult child had 10 years of going several times a week. He knows where everything is, including first aide, and "lost parents". With everyone having cell phones if they become disconnected they just call each other. If difficult child does not hear from us, he has certain times he must call. If not..he stays home. And it is loud, especially when you are on a ride. wouldn't want him to try to answer then. He has not had any problems, and I am not worried about him having any. If he wants to come home he only needs to call.
When I taught in Florida, each 9 weeks we had a trip to one of the theme parks. Kids were to stay in groups of 4 and had to check in at two different times during the day. They were completely unsupervised. I did this for 11 years with 6th graders. Never had one problem. Could a problem happen? Of course, but I think it's more likely to happen on school campus then when they're out having fun.